False flag inbound? They tried it twice in Syria but got sniffed out by international inspectors.
These types of false flag attacks are incredibly dangerous because of the heavy emotional response it draws from the public. It's the perfect wave of moral indignation to 'base' military escalation on.
In that regard the 2013 Douma Chemical Attack and 2018 Khan Shaykhoun Chemical Attack were successful operations in the sense that they laid the groundwork for increased US interventionism in Syria. The fact that this didn't materialize in the end had more to do with mess-ups afterwards. The general public in the West wanted an eye for an eye for Babykiller Assad, and domestic political opponents of these policies were easily sidelined.
Also, the truth about these false flag attacks only started coming out years after the incidents, mainly thanks to Seymour Hersh who did incredible work uncovering the depths of the deception.
Especially the 2013 Douma attack, which killed between 400 and 1500 people instantly, brought the US neo-cons very close to their goal which was a Libyan style no-fly zone (ie. an extensive bombing campaign) and possible a limited number of boots on the ground.
Everything was in motion and moving towards the target. Yet at some point (2 days before his deadline) Obama pulled the plug on the intended bombing campaign claiming that he needed Congressional approval before he went in. It is still not clear what exactly made him change his mind as everything was set and ready to go. In the days after that empty suit John Kerry made the remark, on live television, 'that the air strikes could be averted if Syria turned over every single bit of its chemical weapons stockpiles within a week, but Syria isn't about to do it and it can't be done'.
Lavrov quickly jumped in later that day saying that Russia would do it for Syria instead.
As a fun fact, the WMDs used for these staged attacks were smuggled into Syria from Turkey and one of the suppliers of the Sarin gas was Ukraine. This was pre-Maidan. This was reported on by Serena Shim. Serena Shim was then accused of being a spy by Turkish intelligence and she died two days after this accusation in a very suspicious car accident on the Syrian border.
Other outlets used for this scheme, and they need to be named, were Bellingcat and the White Helmets. Both are funded by the Deep State and serve as nominally 'independent' organisations that can be used to prop up existing narratives through different angles.
It's the same Bellingcat that is now non-stop spouting anti-Russia garbage